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The Collectors Newsletter #748-- November 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #748-- November 2009
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Token & Medal Society
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to toasters - yes, that's correct, the kitchen appliance.
The Token and Medal Society, Inc. is an educational and non-profit organization devoted to furthering the exonumia field consisting of all forms of tokens, medals, badges and other items of a related nature.
For more information, click here:
Are you interested in Tokens? Take a look at:
2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to email@example.com and we may publish it here . We want to hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
Thank You! to everyone that has been sending in stories. If you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time. Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
To: LB, Pine, AZ Perhaps you might solve your problem if you just post a sign stating that your prices are non-negotiable. Other than doing this, I don't know of any way to stop it. "Antiquers" are conditioned to "bargain" with a shop owner. I've been an antique/junk shopper for over 40 years and I always ask 'NICELY if the dealer can do a "better" price on an item. If they say "no" - that's it. If I still want it - I buy it. Now, if the item is under $5 - I generally don't ask. But, if the item is $10 - often the dealer will counter with $8. That doesn't sound like much for the shopper, but if you're shopping a large antique/flea market - several purchases during the day can add up if you get a few dollars off of each one. Most of the larger malls where I shop ALREADY have the sellers permission to discount a certain percent - IF the buyer bothers to ask - THEY DO NOT OFFER. I DO understand that many sellers are having difficulty and I think that a big part of the reason is ebay. But, I have also dealt with antique dealers who have bought large "lots" of items at estate sales or auctions and they mark items up to exorbitantly. Not all dealers do this, but I've had them tell me they bought a certain item in a large "lot" of items. I'm NOT saying they shouldn't get what an item is worth, but bargaining is just a part of the antique business - from both sides - it's always been that way. I would NEVER insult a dealer with some ridiculously low offer but I have no problem with very nicely asking if the seller can offer a better price. It's almost a part of the process - the buyer gets a couple of dollars off and the seller gets a pretty decent price too. If you are not will to negotiate - that's absolutely your choice - just make it clear - up front- to your customers. I would still shop with you and I would buy from you if I found something I liked - discount or not!! God Bless Judy, Jacksonville, Fla
Per the stories about dealers getting a bad rap, let me add my two cents worth. My sister was an avid collector - particularly of glassware and horses. My brother and I used to joke that we wanted to go first so we didn't have to go through her house! Unfortunately, we lost her to breast cancer three years ago and it was pretty well up to me to decide what to do with everything (husband and brother aren't really into collecting). I had recently started selling in an antique mall as a hobby so I had at least an idea. I held a thrown together garage sale at good prices for the public and sold a ton of glassware and books. Then I loaded up what I couldn't bear to get rid of at that point and shipped it to my home 700 miles away. It quickly became apparent that I just did not have room for everything, so I took some of it to an auction house (and skipped the auction) and the rest I have been gradually selling in my booth. Hard as it is to do, I remember how much fun my sister had collecting these things and how excited she was when she would find a piece she wanted. I think she would be happy that what our family doesn't keep is being purchased by someone who really wants it. In my opinion, dealers perform a valuable service by making these items available to the general public - and the vast majority don't make much money doing it. MJ in Arkansas
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3) Antique News
The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These monthly "Hot Lists" are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites. This month's list includes October and September of 2009. This will also allow you to see how categories have shifted position from month to month.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
4. Cookie jar
9. Die Cut
5. Cookie Jars
6. Die Cut
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
8. White Ironstone
9. White Ironstone
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
If you want to tell the world about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and collectibles trade, you can post it for free at
the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and will also appear in this newsletter so that 15,000 people can read it. To post a release, go to
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Donald Kaufman toy collection part II adds
$3M to Bertoia's ongoing auction series
2. New buyers added punch to Dan Morphy's $1.5M
3. Cottone holds monster auctions Aug. 15 and Aug. 29
4. Collectibles Corner TV host to develop Twitter
5. Nov. 7 LA gallery event to benefit Linda Blair's
animal rescue charity
6. Movie Poster Auctions, a sellers guide
7. Elvgren, Leyendecker, Vargas sell strong in record
breaking Heritage Auctions Illustration Art sale
8. City of Tamarac Florida Antique & Collectibles Show
9. Charlie Brown and His Gang Delight Readers at
10. The glass Press, dba, antique publications marietta ohio
11. Artfact Live! Presents Designer Fashions &
Accessories Auction from Alderfer Auction & Appraisal
12. Artfact Live! Presents Auction 28 - International
Posters from PosterConnection Inc.
13. Artfact Live! Presents Two Day Fall Antique & Fine
Art Auction from Cordier Antiques & Auctions
14. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Art And Antiques from
15. Artfact Live! Presents Michael Ivankovich Auction
75-1 from Michael Ivankovich Antiques & Auctions
16. Artfact Live! Presents Fine And Decorative Arts
from Clements Antiques of Tennessee
17. Auction to benefit the Litchfield Firehouse Sat.,
18. 1860 Breckenridge campaign flag = Holy Grail
Political Americana, at Heritage Auctions, Nov. 17
19. The international spirit of collecting underscores
Bertoia's Nov. 13-15 Holiday Toy Trimmings sale
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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to get the code.
4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...
Blenko Glass at Muddy Creek Antiques
Discount Holiday Shopping at Doris Stephan's Antiques
Over 2500 postcards at Numismattica.com
Large Collection of Fine Art and Antiques For Sale
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 15,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday November 3, 2009 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
6) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family stories and comments that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
I recently received a new and very complicated phone, and could not find the right button to press to allow me to punctuate a text message. I do not subscribe to gr8 for great etc.
I asked my fifteen year-old granddaughter if she could help. After a few moments pressing numerous buttons, she gave me a world-weary look, and remarked, “Gran, no-one over fifteen should have one of these phones!” and handed the phone back. I have since learned how to do it, on principle...Jay from Australia
Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to Phil@tias.com
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: OLD GUITARS
GET YOUR WANTED AD HERE! Just $10 and we'll send it out to 15,000 people who get this newsletter. Go to
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Sharon requested recipes for “German Puffs” here a response that we received.
German Puffs Recipe
4 eggs, separated
5 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored.
Add milk and flour alternately, beating constantly to keep smooth.
Add salt to egg whites and beat stiff.
Fold egg whites into batter.
Turn into well-oiled hot muffin pan.
Bake at 450° F. for 30 minutes.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
10) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the geographical region where you had this recipe.
Back in the early 60's my Mother used to make the best eggnog I've ever tasted. A hint of Cinnamon, Vanilla and Nutmeg. Nothing today can compare but she passed away in 1980 and I've not been able to duplicate it. Does anyone have the world's best eggnog recipe?
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
I appreciate your business very much and try to keep an array of fine quality pieces on hand, check back frequently for good bargains. My inventory includes glass, porcelain, vintage,costume jewelry, and my specialty - primitives.
AUNT MINNIES MARVELS
We offer affordable pricing on all of the MARVELOUS items in our store which includes: Vintage and Antique jewelry, pottery, art, china, glass, kitchen collectibles, furniture, figurines, crystal, old bottles, postcards, books and much, much MORE!
Little Rapids Hillside Treasures
Oh say can you see....Savings here are on me...With the holiday season near...You'll find lots of gifts for your Dear...oh say can that little rapids banner give way.. Pottery, porcelain,art, glass,postcards..
The Good Stuff
The Good Stuff features unique jaw dropping items to make your family and friends stop, look and admire your collections! Some are pricey, some not. But trust me, all are hand picked because of their rarity, uniqueness and detail.
We sell vintage costume jewelry, dolls, doll houses, glass, kitchenware, hair accessories, Mid Century Modern, home decor , china dinnerware replacements, pottery, porcelain, cookie jars, the rare and hard to find! We look forward to doing business with you!
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12) Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
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